Six healthy snacks to make at home

Six healthy snacks to make at home

The key to keeping healthy is to be prepared. There is nothing worse than getting hungry while out and about and having to eat some high fat, sugary convenience food because you can’t find anything else. These healthy snacks don’t take long to make but will be your first line of defense the next time hunger strikes.

INGRÉDIENTS (pour 6 gourmands)
1. Carrot snacks, two ways
Carrots are a fantastic snack food. With minimal effort you have a superfood
that is easy to prepare, packed full of nutrients and good for everything from
anti-ageing to promoting good vision.
Carrot cake
250g peeled carrots
75g pecan nuts
2 eggs
200g self-rising flour
8g baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
200 cane sugar
150 ml walnut oil
A pinch of salt

2. For the frosting (optional):
125g cream cheese
100g icing sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
25g butter (room temperature)

3. Carrot snacks, two ways
200g chick peas
150ml olive oil
1 clove of garlic
50g roasted sesame seeds

4. Nut snacks
As well as being an excellent source of protein, nuts are packed with healthy
oils and fibre, making them a nutrient-dense snack option that will keep you
full until your next meal.
Pecan fruit bar
(7 to 10 pecan fruit bars)
45g pecan nuts
45g dried apricots
45 pieces of dried fruit (such as strawberries, cranberries and blueberries)
45g pumpkin seeds
30g sesame seeds
30g ground almonds

5. 190g oatmeal flakes
1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
140g butter
135g honey
140g rough cane sugar (a healthier option than refined white sugar)

6. Nut snacks
Yoghurt granola
450ml yoghurt
80g pecan nuts
4 to 8 tbsp runny honey
200g fresh small fruit (such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and
100g oatmeal flakes

7. Apple snacks
They don’t say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” for nothing. This
superfood is rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and fibre, with purported health
benefits including the prevention of everything from heart disease to cancer.
Apple bread pudding
300g old bread
500ml lukewarm milk
200g sugar
4 eggs
1 packet of vanilla pudding mix
1 tsp baking powder

8. 500g sliced apples
A knob of butter
A 24cm cake tin
Tip: if you want to use less sugar, you can replace 100g of sugar with 100g of
raisins instead.

9. Green apple smoothie with lime and mint
2 green apples
½ cucumber
1 celery stalk
1 peeled lime
A piece of ginger
A few fresh mint leaves
A slice of lime


1. Carrot cake

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Finely grate the carrots. Keep some pecans aside and
grind the rest in a pestle and mortar or food processor. Then, break the eggs and split
the yolks from the whites. Whisk the egg yolks with sugar before stirring in the walnut
oil, grated carrots and ground pecan nuts. Sieve the flour and put in a separate bowl
together with the baking powder, cinnamon powder, and salt. Add this to the carrot mix.

2. Whisk the egg whites until stiff and carefully add them to the mix with a spatula. Spread
the cake mix into a baking tin dressed with baking paper. Put in the oven for 45
minutes. Once cooked, take the cake out of the oven and remove from the tin before
placing on a cooling tray.

3. For the frosting, mix together the cream cheese, butter, icing sugar and lemon juice.
Once the cake is cool, spread the frosting on top and garnish with pecan nuts and a
little grated carrot. Cut into six to eight pieces.


5. Hummus
Put all of the ingredients into a food processor, adding the olive oil bit by bit. Blend until
smooth, and then serve, using the carrots sticks to dip and eat.


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7. Pecan fruit bar
Heat the honey, butter and sugar together in a small pan. Put the other ingredients in a
separate bowl and mix them together. When the honey mix caramelises (be careful not
to let it get too brown), remove from heat and pour over the grain mix. Stir well and then
put the whole mixture on a baking tray covered with baking paper.

8. Put it in a preheated
oven for 25 min at 160°C. Once cooked, remove and allow to
cool on a rack before cutting into pieces. Store in an airtight container.


10. Yoghurt granola

Divide the yoghurt between 2 to 4 glasses until each glass is half full. Next, top up with
the pecan nuts, fresh fruit, oatmeal and honey. Spoon some extra yoghurt over the fruit
and nut mix before finishing each glass with a mix of nuts, fruits, oatmeal and honey


12. Apple bread pudding
Cut away the crusts from the bread and soak the slices in lukewarm milk. Then add the
sugar, egg yolk, vanilla pudding mix, baking powder and most of the apple slices.
Whisk the egg whites until stiff and light, then spoon into the mix. If using raisins, add

13. Pour the mixture into a greased cake tin and garnish the top with the remaining apple
slices. Bake for 45 minutes in a preheated
oven at 175°C. Remove from the cake tin
and leave to cool. Then cut into squares for a quick and easy snack.


15. Green apple smoothie with lime and mint
Cut the apples into four, taking care to remove the pips and core but leaving the skin
on. Juice the apple pieces along with the celery, cucumber, lime and ginger. Store the
juice in a flask or airtight liquid container – and don’t forget to take your fresh mint and
slice of lime to garnish before drinking. This drink tastes even better with ice so try to
get your hands on a few cubes.



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